As an Environmental Design major who is minoring in Math and Architecture, I have a broad range of interests that all seemed to merge together in this one single project. I love the process of turning blue prints into a working reality, and this competition is one of the most influential platforms for that. A full scale construction project like this is familiar to the Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, but one of the best parts of the project thus far has been seeing the effort expanded across other departments at UB and beyond. As UB’s first team to compete, we are setting precedents within the University by uniting students, professors, and resources across two campuses.
As the Public Relations representative from GRoW Buffalo, the core of what i do on the project is develop an identity and presence within the University and the city at large. I oversee areas of the project that are concerned with media and public engagement. Some of the things I work on in specific include coordinating events, overseeing the upkeep of the website and social media, and working with faculty to strategize communications plans in general.
The GRoW Home is contributing to a region wide green renaissance and has potential to be a model for future homes in Western New York. Everything that GRoW stands for was inspired by the spirit and history of Buffalo, and I believe that our city is once again on the cusp of becoming a world-class innovator.